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Caused by delayed monsoon & rain-damaged crops:

Vegetable prices hit the roof across Gujarat state

Wholesale vegetable prices in Gujarat are going up massively, thanks to a late monsoon and erratic rains leading to a dip in supply to the markets. Officials and traders have stated that the wholesale rates of vegetables coming to Sardar Patel Market Yard in Ahmedabad (or Jamalpur APMC) — one of the largest vegetable markets in the state— have risen between 25 per cent and 300 per cent in the past 30 days.

Wholesale prices of vegetables such as onions, used for daily cooking, have more than doubled between September 18 and October 18. The onions from Saurashtra that were priced at Rs 700-1500 per 100 kgs shot up to Rs 1500-2800, a rise by more than 110 per cent, according to data sourced from Jamalpur APMC. The prices of onions from Maharashtra also rose by 50 per cent to Rs 1500 per100 kgs.

Last month, the prices of Deesa variety potatoes rose by 25 per cent to Rs 500-900 per 100 kgs. The Deesa variety currently costs Rs 600-1200. Leafy vegetables such as cabbage saw a 300 per cent jump in prices and were selling at Rs 1500-2500 per 100 kgs. A similar jump was also seen in prices of carrots that rose by over 300 per cent and are currently priced at Rs 4000-5000 per 100 kgs.

“The current month falls between two seasons–monsoon and winter. The winter vegetables are yet to come and so there is a natural shortage. The quantum of vegetables coming to the APMC is 15 per cent less than usual,” one trader told indianexpress.com.

[ Rs 100 = €1.20 ]


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